The complexity of modern stock markets and the speed at which they interact are beginning to alienate the individual investor, who feels he is incapable of coping with that complexity on his own. He is thus at a considerable disadvantage to the professional investor who has all these tools at his disposal. The alienation of the individual investor from the market tends to be followed by a certain alienation. If the individual feels he no longer has a direct stake in the economy and is forced to delegate his ownership and decision-making power to a large faceless, unaccountable institution, that leads to disillusionment with the entire system.
"Free trade" goes hand in hand with the dominance of Trans-National Corporations (TNCs) in trade. It is reported that with emerging globalization, TNCs have quadrupled in number from around 7,000 to 44,000, including also the emergence of the superconglomerates which have increased concentration of economic power in industrial and economic sectors. TNCs control a full two-thirds of world trade with one third of trade actually intra-TNC transactions.